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Berea and Shaker Village: Appalachian People, Places and Values

Program Number: 1471RJ
Start and End Dates:
11/17/2013 - 11/23/2013;
Duration: 6 nights
Location: Berea, Kentucky
Price starting at: $735.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture
Meals: 17; 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 6 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Become immersed in the history and heritage of Appalachia and the unique Shaker community at two of Kentucky's most distinctive institutions. In Berea — a town founded in 1855 on the ideals of equality — learn about the people of this region and their communities. Journey to Shaker Village — a National Historic Landmark— to gain an appreciation for the Shakers and learn about their worship, industries, joyful music, and crafts.




Highlights

• Experience the power and joy of Appalachian music, literature, and traditional crafts.
• Learn about Berea College's historic connection with the people.
• Consider the role of the Shakers as America’s first “pharmacists,” and learn how they developed their knowledge of medicinal and culinary herbs.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles on uneven terrain. Historic buildings with stairs, no elevator.



Itinerary Summary

Berea, 3 nights; Shaker Village, 3 nights.



Coordinated by Berea College.




Shaker Village

Located near Lexington, Ky., Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill is a preserved historic site where a Shaker religious community was active from 1805 to 1910. This National Historic Landmark encompasses 34 original buildings, 2,800 acres of farmland on which traditional animals roam, an outdoor living history museum and a classic country inn.



Berea

This small town south of Lexington near the edge of Kentucky’s Bluegrass Region is renowned for its small college, Southern hospitality and commitment to the arts and crafts of the Appalachian Mountain region, which community artisans, musicians and gallery owners celebrate through their work.



Accommodations
Berea: Historic Boone Tavern Hotel. Shaker Village: Guestrooms in restored Shaker buildings.
Meals and Lodgings
   Boone Tavern Hotel
  Berea, KY 3 nights
   The Inn at Shaker Village
  Harrodsburg, KY 3 nights
 Boone Tavern Hotel
Type: Inn
  Description: Historic Boone Tavern Hotel, celebrating its 100th anniversary as a member of the Historic Hotels of America, has just undergone a major renovation in all 63 guest rooms as well as all public spaces and dining rooms. Solid wood furniture pieces made by students are evident throughout.
  Contact info: 100 Main Street
Berea, KY 40404 USA
phone: 800-366-9358
web: www.boonetavernhotel.com
  Room amenities: All of our 58 guest rooms are elegant and charming and feature hand-crafted cherry, oak, and pine furniture made by Berea College Student Crafts over the past 100 years. Rooms also feature modern conveniences such as color television, private baths, coffee makers, hair dryers, and irons with ironing boards as well as elevator access.
  Facility amenities: Whether you prefer traditional or creative southern cuisine, you will find palate pleasing fare in Boone Tavern’s Dining Room. Boone Tavern works in tandem with Berea College utilizing the Student Labor Program to staff the hotel. As you dine, most likely your waiter or waitress will be a Berea College student. Enjoy the quiet and ambiance of the lobby while taking in the daily newspaper or enjoying the free internet service provided. Boone Tavern is located on College Square which consists of many local shops and a coffee shop within walking distance and just a few doors down.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $117 - $135 per night Must be reserved prior to program; additional nights are not eligible for discounted Road Scholar rates.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM

 The Inn at Shaker Village
Type: Inn
  Description: Nestled in the rolling hills of Kentucky’s famed Bluegrass Region, the Inn at Shaker Village is the perfect getaway, complete with views of the gently rolling countryside. The Inn encompasses 73 guest rooms spread throughout fifteen restored 19th century Shaker buildings where Shakers once lived and worked. Simple but elegant, rooms are furnished with reproductions of Shaker furniture but have all the modern conveniences. Beds feature Temper-Pedic mattresses, contemporary bathrooms, and Bee-Kind toiletry products. Every room opens to a view of beautiful Bluegrass countryside. Select rooms have satellite television and complimentary wireless internet access. Comfortable common areas provide board games, books and seating conducive to relaxation and conversation.
  Contact info: 3501 Lexington Road
Harrodsburg, KY 40330 USA
phone: 859-734-5411
web: www.shakervillageky.org
  Room amenities: Each distinctive room at The Inn at Shaker Village provides a welcoming retreat from the everyday. Accommodations feature hand-made Shaker reproduction furniture, Tempur-Pedic mattresses, hardwood flooring, air conditioning and contemporary private baths.
  Facility amenities: During your stay, dine by candlelight on hearty Kentucky foods and Shaker specialties at the renowned Trustees’ Office Dining Room, where true southern hospitality abounds. Explore Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, where you can tour America’s largest restored Shaker community, browse craft shops and explore 40 miles of trails. Complimentary wireless internet access is available in select rooms and in a public sitting room. Hair dryers are available in all rooms.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights after: $95 - $110 per night plus tax Additional room nights must be reserved through the Shaker Village Road Scholar coordinator at (859) 734-1550. Participants must also make their own meal reservations and pay for meals after program ends. $95 - $110 per night plus tax
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check in at Boone Tavern in Berea at 4 p.m. You will be staying at Boone Tavern Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after breakfast at Shaker Village at approximately 9 a.m. You will be staying at The Inn at Shaker Village the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Completed Health and Safety form and travel information returned to Program Coordinator two weeks prior to arrival. Valid photo ID such as a driver's license.
  Parking availability:
Free parking.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Berea, KY
  Nearest city or town:  Berea, Kentucky
  Nearest highway: I-75.
  Nearest airport:  Bluegrass Field (LEX), Lexington, KY.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Harrodsburg, KY
  Nearest city or town:  Harrodsburg, Kentucky
  Nearest highway: U.S. 68.
  Nearest airport:  Bluegrass Field (LEX), Lexington KY.
Travel Details
 

Lexington

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
Berea College
phone: 859-985-3641
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$50
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Approximately 1 hour 

 

Distance:

 

45 miles

   

Arrangements for shuttles must be made in advance with program coordinators. Limited times available.

 

Lexington

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
Shaker Village
phone: 859-734-1550
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$50
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

45 minutes - 1 hour 

 

Distance:

 

40 miles

   

Arrangements for shuttles must be made in advance with program coordinators. Limited times available.

 
Driving Directions
  From I-75 North or South From I-75, take Exit 77. If coming from the north on I-75 South turn left to KY 595 toward Berea. If coming from the south on I-75 North, turn right on KY 595 toward Berea. Follow KY 595 to through 2 stop lights (approximately 2 miles) to the Berea College campus. Boone Tavern is on the left. Parking is in the rear of the Tavern. Go straight to a four-way stop in front of the Tavern and turn left. The parking lot is the next left turn.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Check-In, Welcome/Orientation, dinner
(Sunday, November 17)
   
 Afternoon: Independent arrivals to Berea, check in at Boone Tavern Hotel at4 p.m.
 Dinner: Dinner at Boone Tavern Hotel
 Evening: Evening welcome, orientation and musical performance.
   
Accommodations: Boone Tavern Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Appalachian History and Stereotypes, Campus tour and Appalachian Musical Performance
(Monday, November 18)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at Boone Tavern
 Morning: Program on Berea College History. Guided tour of Berea College campus. Led by student tour guides.
 Lunch: Buffet Lunch at Boone Tavern
 Afternoon: Program on Appalachian History and Stereotypes
 Dinner: Dinner at Boone Tavern
 Evening: Appalachian music/dance performance.
   
Accommodations: Boone Tavern Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Appalachian Culture, Field Trip, and Free Time
(Tuesday, November 19)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at Boone Tavern
 Morning: Programs on Appalachian culture.
 Lunch: Buffet lunch at Boone Tavern
 Afternoon: Field Trip to Tater Knob Pottery and free time to explore the local arts and crafts shops in the area.
 Dinner: Dinner at Boone Tavern
 Evening: Musical Performance
   
Accommodations: Boone Tavern Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Morning program at Berea College. After lunch transer to Shaker Village and check in. Guided tour of Village by costumed tour guides. Enjoy demonstrations of traditional crafts.
(Wednesday, November 20)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at Boone Tavern
 Morning: Program on Appalachian Humor and Values and Appalachian music and instruments.
 Lunch: Buffet lunch at Boone Tavern
 Afternoon: After lunch, transfer to Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill. Participants may decide to drive their own vehicles to Harrodsburg for easier departure on last day of program, distance is 45 miles. Check into rooms at Shaker Village. Guided tour of Shaker Village with costumed tour guides; demonstrations of traditional crafts.
 Dinner: Dinner at Shaker Village in candlelit dining room. Salad, entree' with vegetables, corn sticks, dessert and beverage.
 Evening: Introduction to the Shakers, to their religion, their lifestyle, their worship and their meaning in the 21st century.
   
Accommodations: The Inn at Shaker Village
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Shaker Herb Industry/Shaker Agriculture/Shakers and the Civil War
(Thursday, November 21)
   
 Breakfast: Country buffet breakfast, including breakfast meats, eggs, grits, hot and cold fruit, yogurt, assorted cold cereals, biscuits and pumpkin muffins, juice and beverage.
 Morning: The Shakers were considered to be America's first pharmacists; This program on the Shaker herb industry includes discussion of medicinal and culinary herbs, and their uses.
 Lunch: Lunch at Shaker Village, including soup and sandwich, fruit, cookies and beverage.
 Afternoon: Program on the Shakers' agricultural endeavors and Shaker Village's 21st century efforts to teach sustainable living through demonstrations of historic agriculture.
 Dinner: Dinner by candle-light at Shaker Village, including salad, entree' with vegetables, corn sticks, dessert and beverage.
 Evening: The Civil War was a tumultuous period for the Shakers at Pleasant Hill; hear from the Shakers in their own words about the invasion of Confederate soldiers into their peaceful village.
   
Accommodations: The Inn at Shaker Village
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Shaker Architecture/Shaker Music Performance
(Friday, November 22)
   
 Breakfast: Country breakfast buffet, including breakfast meats, eggs, grits, biscuits and gravy, hot and cold fruit, yogurt, oatmeal, assorted cold cereals, pumpkin muffins, juice and beverage.
 Morning: Architecture is one of the enduring legacies of the Shakers. Explore the grace and beauty of Pleasant Hill's architectural gems.
 Lunch: Lunch at Shaker Village, including soup and salad, fruit, cookies, and beverage.
 Afternoon: Program on the development of Shaker music and worship movements. After the program there will be free time for nature hike or independent exploration.
 Dinner: Dinner by candle-light at Shaker Village, including relish bowl of fresh and pickled vegetables, salad, entree' with vegetables, corn sticks, dessert and beverage.
 Evening: Our closing event will be a solo performance of Shaker music by candle-light in the 1820 Shaker Meeting House, with its superlative acoustics.
   
Accommodations: The Inn at Shaker Village
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Transfer to Berea for independent departures.
(Saturday, November 23)
   
 Breakfast: Country breakfast buffet at Shaker Village, including breakfast meats, eggs, grits, oatmeal, hots and cold fruit, biscuits and gravy, pumpkin muffins, assorted cold cereals and yogurt.
 Morning: Check-out after breakfast. Campus van back to Berea for independent departures. Participants who drove their own vehicles to Harrodsburg and Shaker Village may depart at their leisure.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Berea, KY The Weather Channel
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Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


The Shaker Experience in America


Author: Stephen J. Stein


Description: Most comprehensive modern study of the Shakers; includes historical background, theological discussion and material on the living Shaker community in Maine.





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